Tissue Screening Coordinator
BloodCenter of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, WI

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As a pioneering leader in science and medicine, BloodCenter of Wisconsin (BCW) contributes to the discovery, diagnosis, treatment and cures for patients like no other single organization can by virtue of the expertise, diversity and innovation that reside within each of its service areas. BCW provides life-saving blood, organ, tissue and marrow for Wisconsin families. As a not-for-profit organization, BCW specializes in diagnostic testing, medical services and leading-edge basic and clinical research. In collaboration with our many partners in the community – hospitals, health care providers, blood drive sponsors, researchers, philanthropic supporters and volunteers. BCW is privileged to serve patients locally and throughout the world.

Wisconsin Tissue Bank (WTB), a non-profit tissue recovery agency was started in 1987 in response to a donor family in Milwaukee requesting to donate organs and tissues. At that time tissue procurement agency did not exist in the state of Wisconsin. Surgeons in Wisconsin desperately needed bone and soft tissue for reconstructive, oncological, orthopedic and spinal procedures. Thus, WTB was established with a commitment to donor families and to increase availability of tissue to individuals who could benefit through tissue transplantation. WTB handles organ donation, works with organ donors, provides organ donation information and organ transplantation. WTB staff provides service to hospitals, Medical Examiners/Coroners and Funeral Directors throughout the state of Wisconsin for the recovery of bone, related soft tissue, veins, skin, and cardiovascular tissue for donation and transplantation.

Under the direction of the Manager, and in partnership with the Tissue Screening Coordinator, this position coordinates screening of tissue donor referrals for WTB from hospitals and other agencies throughout Wisconsin. They assist in all aspects of the tissue donation process in order to provide high quality and safe allograft of tissues for transplant.

This role assists in evaluating potential tissue donors through chart review, medical staff interviews, family interviews, and medical examiner/coroner reports. They will ensures legal authorization from tissue donor families and obtain authorization for surgical recovery from appropriate tissue processing facilities. They will then arrange for surgical recovery of tissues, and communicating with all relevant agencies and recovery team. They obtain records necessary to complete the donor chart including final autopsy reports, laboratory results, etc. and they will maintain records of all tissue referrals and donors and ensure all necessary information is shared with tissue processing facilities. After the donation, they conduct tissue donation follow-up with families, referral and recovery agencies, funeral homes, etc.

An important part of this role is to understand how applicable laws, regulations, standards, policies and procedures impact specific job responsibilities and functions and perform assigned job functions in accordance with them to include those set forth by AATB (American Association of Tissue Banks), FDA (Food and Drug Administration), AORN (The Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses), OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and JCAHO (Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations).

We will depend on you to use your exceptional skills to care for donors families with the highest respect. Successful candidates will need a working knowledge of medical terminology and basic anatomy. They will also possess exceptional communication skills with a professional and courteous demeanor including the ability to communicate with others in challenging and stressful situations. They will possess the ability to work in a team environment with the added ability to handle conflict resolution. In addition, they must have effective problem solving and decision making skills, attention to detail and accuracy in completing paperwork and be well-organized with the ability to prioritize multiple tasks in a fast-paced environment. Flexibility and dedication for handling a demanding, irregular schedule under pressure to meet deadlines is required.

Candidates must have an Associate’s degree from an accredited college or university in a healthcare related field with at least two years of experience in a health care, science or funeral home field. Tissue Bank experience and experience working with grief, loss or end of life care preferred.

Status: Pool

Shift/Hours: Variable hours; primarily weeknights on 3rd shift and weekends on 1st and 3rd shift

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